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Kudos to fire officials at Estero Fire Rescue, who have initiated a study on the cost and benefits of a potential sprinkler ordinance for new, one- and two-family homes.
Though the town is nearing build out, the +Naples Daily News+ reports that community planners are considering "higher density" developments for some of the remaining parcels. Moreover, sprinklers would protect the town's higher-than-average high-risk groups, which include children and the elderly, populations that have a greater risk of dying in a house fire, per NFPA research.
Estero Fire Marshal Phillip Green told the paper that the area's estimated cost for sprinkler installation
$1.78 per sprinklered square foot (the national average is $1.35 )is "a bargain. That's not even the price of a cheap piece of carpet."
Another reason why home fire sprinklers make sense, says Green, is that these devices can effectively combat the $175 million in annual damages from one- and two-family home fires in Florida.
Looking to conduct your own investigation on sprinkler requirements? Get the facts by visiting NFPA's [Fire Sprinker Initiative | http://www.firesprinklerinitiative.org] site. Download free research reports, watch some related videos, and take advantage of our free advocacy materials.